The Hillgate serves traditional pub food and has a strong sense of identity with a following of loyal locals. Its quietly tucked away position, behind Notting Hill Gate, gives a false impression of this lively public house. Pavement seating is also available.
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If you feel like drinking all day in lieu of eating and then eating late at night because you decided that you probably shouldn't move up to illicit drugs and/or partying, this is the place for you!
Fun people watching - Highly recommend the sausage roll and scotch egg along with a closing drink. 4.5 stars.more
As far as pubs go there aren't a lot of things this place could do better in order to receive a 5 stars, bar perhaps being in an old listed space or have a mega selection of beer.
I've not eaten at the Hillgate, but the food does look ok -- I don't think its necessary to have tried the food to review a pub seeing that drinking is far more important than dining.
Very cozy with an open fire...more
Several years must have passed since I last visited the Hillgate. Memories of a dark and slightly dingy old men's pub have been replaced by a careful makeover. The bar was heaving on a Thursday night, and we were lucky to be able to grab a corner of one of the big pine tables. A section of the bar is reserved for diners without the Hillgate having to much of a gastro pub feel about it.
Definitely on the posher side of pubiness now, this is tucked away in Hillgate Place, just 2 minutes walk from the tube station at Notting Hill Gate. I was here briefly once before and managed to spill my half a pint all over the table, floor and myself. My second visit was infinitly more successful.
After a Sunday lunch, I went with two friends for another bottle of lovely red. They have a...more
Lovely corner pub handily located a suitable hop away from the swarm of Portobello Road. The poor French chap behind the bar was a bit useless but once he was shown how to pull a pint, he did well, and it was a very well kept Wandle.
There are tables outside, and had the day I visited been more like May than November it would have been a very pleasant spot to spend an hour or too.more